Thomas F. Staley: He Helped Create a Home For the Literary Archives of Major Writers

From a New York Times obit by Richard Sandomir headlined “Thomas F. Staley, Dogged Pursuer of Literary Archives, Dies at 86”:

Thomas F. Staley, who as the director of the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin elevated its standing as a go-to home for the literary archives of major writers like Norman Mailer, David Foster Wallace and Don DeLillo, died at his home in Austin….

Dr. Staley, a scholar of James Joyce, arrived at the university in 1988. Over the next 25 years, he brought a literary sensibility and a competitive zeal to acquiring collections — and keeping them from going to universities like Harvard and Yale.